10 Cheapest New SUV's You Can Buy Right Now 2021
10 Cheapest New SUV's You Can Buy Right Now 2021

10 Cheapest New SUV’s You Can Buy Right Now 2021

Automakers have been rushing to fill their lineups with SUVs, and the subcompact SUV class has grown considerably as a result. Even though most subcompact SUVs don’t have much more passenger space than your typical subcompact car, they do have the higher seating position, more rugged look and available all-wheel drive that many shoppers want at a relatively affordable price.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that all 10 of the models in our cheap SUV list are subcompacts. They’re ordered by base price, from least to most expensive, and all prices include the SUV’s destination charge, but not any cash incentives that may be available. Prices and EPA combined fuel economy estimates are for front-wheel-drive versions of all the SUVs except the Kia Seltos, which comes with all-wheel drive on its base LX trim level. All prices also include an automatic transmission. 

Affordable subcompacts like the Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Venue look like other subcompact SUVs and are marketed as such, but they don’t offer all-wheel drive, which was a must-have available feature needed to make our list. Adding all-wheel drive to most of the SUVs below costs around $1,500, but it’s an extra $4,600 for the Trailblazer because AWD isn’t available on the base trim level. 

Cheapest New SUVs (With Automatic Transmission)

1. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer L: $20,195 | 9M
2. 2021 Ford EcoSport S: $21,240 | 9.1M
3. 2021 Hyundai Kona SE: $21,685 | 9.4M
4. 2021 Mazda CX-3 Sport: $21,965 | 9.2M
5. 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport S: $22,090 | 9.3M
6. 2021 Honda HR-V LX: $22,395 | 9.4M
7. 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS: $22,595 | 9.6M
8. 2021 Kia Seltos LX: $23,165 | 9.8M
9. 2021 Mazda CX-30 S: $23,225 | 10M
10. 2021 Jeep Renegade Sport: $24,345  | 12M

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer L

Price: $20,195, 9M including $1,195 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 29 mpg

2021 Chevrolet TrailblazerManufacturer image

The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact SUV is the cheapest new SUV you can buy today — and by a considerable margin. The base L trim level is powered by a 137-horsepower, turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Despite its comparatively low price, the Trailblazer comes standard with useful tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and important active safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist.2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Near You

2021 Ford EcoSport S

Price: $21,240, 9.1M including $1,245 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 28 mpg

2021 Ford EcoSportManufacturer image

Front-wheel-drive versions of Ford’s smallest SUV are powered by a 123-hp, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that teams with a six-speed automatic. The base S trim has a Wi-Fi hot spot with a data trial for on-the-go connectivity, but it lacks standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and doesn’t include many active safety features. The EcoSport’s snug backseat isn’t unusual in this class, but its bumpy ride, lack of engine refinement and old-school rear swing gate are negatives in this increasingly competitive segment.2021 Ford EcoSport Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Ford EcoSport Near You

2021 Hyundai Kona SE

Price: $21,685, 9.4M including $1,185 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 30 mpg

2021 Hyundai KonaManufacturer image

With the arrival of the 2022 Kona set sometime in the spring, the 2021 Kona carries over with few changes and an affordable starting price. The Kona blends distinctive exterior design, carlike maneuverability and easy-to-use cabin controls. The 147-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the base SE trim doesn’t have a lot of reserve power, but it works with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission; the pair is good for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. The Kona’s standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and a driver-drowsiness monitor.2021 Hyundai Kona Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Hyundai Kona Near You

2021 Mazda CX-3 Sport

Price: $21,965, 9.2M including $1,175 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 31 mpg

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With its low, hatchback-like shape, the Mazda CX-3 blurs the line between SUV and car more than most subcompact SUVs. It’s powered by a standard 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed automatic, and front-drive versions are EPA-rated 31 mpg combined. The CX-3 doesn’t have much passenger or cargo space, but it’s well-equipped for the class with standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, automatic air conditioning and a head-up display. The CX-3’s interior quality and overall attention to detail are also highlights.2021 Mazda CX-3 Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Mazda CX-3 Near You

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport S

Price: $22,090, 9.3M including $1,095 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 27 mpg

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SportManufacturer image

Dating back to the 2011 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was one of the early subcompact SUVs and is still one of the most affordable. Mitsubishi has updated the Outlander Sport over the years, but the SUV’s dated interior is showing its age. The Outlander Sport’s steering is numb and its ride quality can be choppy, too. The SUV has its strong points, like good visibility and highway stability, but as we noted in our review, “it suffers from some significant problems that hold it back in the competitive subcompact SUV class.” For 2021, Mitsubishi adds important safety features like automatic high beams, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection to all trims of the Outlander Sport.2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Near You

2021 Honda HR-V LX

Price: $22,395, 9.4M including $1,175 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 30 mpg

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In a class where most models shortchange passengers — especially those in the backseat — the Honda HR-V is refreshingly different. Featuring a comfortable, roomy interior, the HR-V also has impressive versatility thanks to its multiposition second-row Magic Seat. All HR-Vs are powered by a 141-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The combo delivers good estimated gas mileage of 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, but power is modest overall. The HR-V offers important safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, but they aren’t available for the base LX trim.2021 Honda HR-V Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Honda HR-V Near You

2021 Chevrolet Trax LS

Price: $22,595, 9.6M including $1,195 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 28 mpg

2021 Chevrolet TraxManufacturer image

In addition to the newer Trailblazer, Chevrolet also sells the Trax subcompact SUV. The Trax is a little smaller than the Trailblazer, and it doesn’t have as much maximum cargo space. Power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder instead of a turbo three-cylinder like the Trailblazer, and the Trax’s engine works with a conventional automatic transmission. Even though the Trax costs significantly more than the Trailblazer, it comes with fewer active safety features that are limited to higher trims.2021 Chevrolet Trax Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Chevrolet Trax Near You

2021 Kia Seltos LX

Price: $23,165, 9.8M including $1,175 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 29 mpg

2021 Kia SeltosCars.com photo by Fred Meier

The all-new Kia Seltos is the only SUV on this list that makes AWD standard on the base trim; the next-higher S trim has standard FWD and optional AWD. The Seltos LX is powered by a 146-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The SUV’s long list of standard features includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio and cruise control. However, active safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning are only offered on higher trim levels.2021 Kia Seltos Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Kia Seltos Near You

2021 Mazda CX-30 S

Price: $23,225, 10M including $1,175 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 28 mpg

2021 Mazda CX-30Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

Mazda’s CX-3 stretches the definition of a subcompact SUV, but the all-new Mazda CX-30, with its raised stance, looks more the part. It’s powered by a 186-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission, and standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane keep assist. Base trims also come with premium features like LED headlights and taillights, an 8.8-inch multimedia screen and push-button start. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard features for the CX-30.2021 Mazda CX-30 Specs & ReviewsFind a 2021 Mazda CX-30 Near You

2021 Jeep Renegade Sport

Price: $24,345, 12M including $1,495 destination charge
Combined fuel economy: 25 mpg

2021 Jeep RenegadeManufacturer image

The Jeep Renegade wears signature design elements of the American off-road brand, like round headlights and a seven-slot grille, but it hails from Italy and shares its platform with a Fiat model. Jeep isn’t alone: The Ford EcoSport comes from India, and the Chevrolets from South Korea and Mexico. The base Renegade Sport is powered by a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that works with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard convenience features include push-button start, cruise control and Bluetooth streaming audio. The 2021 Renegade Sport gains a larger 7-inch touchscreen that replaces the previous model’s 5-inch screen. New standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

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